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Flocabulary & Nearpod, EdTech Power Duo: How do both platforms increase engagement?

If you know Nearpod, you know why we’re so excited about becoming part of their fam — engagement for days! But in case you’ve never used or even heard of Nearpod, here are some firsthand accounts from Nearpod and Flocab co-users to help you understand why they fit together perfectly.

Before you combine two tools, you have to know why they’re valuable individually. Below, we asked what makes Flocabulary and Nearpod so great as standalone classroom tools.

Strong As Standalone

On Flocab

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Brook Sharpnack
5th Grade ELA & Social Studies Teacher
Pennsylvania

When I was in school, I remember taking notes from the board and using more paper and pencil. Now, with Flocabulary, students are using a medium that is engaging and speaks to them in language they use daily.

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Lisa Whiston
Social Studies Teacher
Pennsylvania

How catchy and memorable the videos are, while still being high quality learning tools. The students are willing to watch the videos more than once, which helps them retain the information. Second favorite thing is the built-in activities that support reading comprehension like Read & Respond.

On Nearpod

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Katelynn Pearson
1st Grade Teacher
Texas

I can differentiate at my fingertips! I can see where my students need help and maybe where the misunderstanding lies while the rest of my class can continue their work!

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Mindy Osborne
K-5th Grade Teacher
Texas

The interactive pieces help our students. I LOVE creating my own to meet the needs of my students. The variety of class & student pacing is outstanding!

Better Together

What do you love about Flocabulary? Nearpod? There are a lot of reasons to love them both as edtech tools. They boost engagement, they’re culturally relevant to students learning from the content and they’re versatile: conducive to both an entire class and an individual student. Separately, Nearpod and Flocabulary are strong, but together they make up the ultimate engagement platform.

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Lisa Whiston

Both appeal to student interests in different ways. Flocab has high interest, visually appealing videos. Nearpod has virtual field trips, a drawing option, and can include other outside resources. Both increase student engagement with how the teacher utilizes them / knows their students.

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Katelyn Pearson

Technology is a huge engagement piece in our world today! They both provide all learners with an outlet. They meet spatial learners, aural learners, verbal learners, social learners and solitary learners.

 

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So we’ve established that they’re compatible when it comes to content and student engagement — how do you begin to use them together in the classroom?

Discussion Mode, but make it Nearpod

This year, I have embedded many of the Flocabulary videos into Nearpod lessons. The videos are excellent introductions to new concepts and the discuss mode increases student engagement. Then, we use the Open-Ended feature on Nearpod to answer discussion questions. At the end of the lesson or during independent practice (learning centers), I assign different Flocabulary features for the students to complete. I think [Nearpod and Flocabulary] work well together because they each provide differences in activities for students, but the content is cohesive and you can connect classroom topics on two different platforms. 

– Brook Sharpnack

Flocab as an intro to Nearpod lessons

I would use the [Flocabulary] video as a pre-lesson & since Flocabulary already has quizzes & interactive pieces, it would be SUPER simple to create lessons using NP’s activities. Honestly, my students tend to learn more when introduced to a Flocabulary video & tend to be more engaged when working on a NP lesson.

– Mindy Osborne

Flocabulary is how I initially grab attention. Nearpod is where I customize the learning and dive deeper. We recently learned about Ancient Civilizations. The students watched Flocabulary videos. I was able to take a screenshot of portions of the lyrics, which they annotated in Nearpod. They also were presented more information through the Nearpod slides. They liked seeing what the areas discussed in the Ancient Civilization videos actually look like now through the Virtual Field Trips.

– Lisa Whiston

Pairing Flocab and Nearpod Lessons: We've made it easy!

Fleshing out correlations between two newly joined libraries of content is certainly easier said than done, especially when you’re starting from scratch with nothing to go off of. That’s why we put together a few ideas for upcoming events on the school year calendar!

P.S. we also put together this lesson-by-lesson correlation document for creating your own combined lesson plans in the future.

Memorial Day

With Memorial Day coming up, take advantage of not only Flocabulary’s Memorial Day lesson but Nearpod’s as well! Nearpod has created three separate lesson plans for Memorial Day.

Use Flocab to introduce students to the Nearpod lesson or come up with your own way to combine the two and students will be experts on the history of Memorial Day in no time.

Summer Reading

If your students have a reading list to complete over the summer, use the last few days of school to explain some best practices for getting through and comprehending the books efficiently and effectively. Flocabulary’s Reading & Writing and Literature lessons act as helpful skill-builders to prime students to read at their highest capacity after school gets out. Pair those with Nearpod’s ELA lessons and students will receive an interactive skill refresher to last them the whole summer.

SEL over the summer

Summer break is a wonderful time for fun but with free time often comes boredom, which can lead to trouble, especially with the internet as a factor. Combine Flocabulary’s Internet Safety lesson with Nearpod’s Digital Citizenship lesson bundles (one for 3rd-5th grades and one for 6th-8th grades) to ensure safe summer web-surfing. 

Another SEL-driven approach to vacation stagnancy is encouraging students to set goals for the summer. These can be goals such as a timeline for finishing books on a summer reading list, learning a new skill, saving money for a back-to-school treat or finishing a project by the end of the summer. Flocabulary’s Goal Setting + Nearpod’s Setting Goals or Self Determination are great ways to introduce students to this concept and practice.

While both Nearpod and Flocabulary are engaging and effective alone, we believe they’re stronger together. Whether you’re a Nearpod user, a Flocab user or both, we hope you’re as excited about this as we are.

Cayley Ross

Cayley Ross is Flocabulary's Marketing Co-op. She is a senior at Northeastern University majoring in communication studies and minoring in English and graphic design.

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